• I wonder if this guy still has the photo of ME!
  • "Tour de France 1985" Shirt
  • Greg Lemond rode a Huffy bike!!!
  • Brutal cobblestone road.
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Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault -- 1985 Coors Classic

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Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault
1985 Coors Classic Bicycle Race
Sacramento, California

Greg LeMond (foreground) and Bernard Hinault, teammates on team Celestial Seasonings / La Vie Claire, prepare to roll for their warm-up laps prior to the Old Sacramento Criterium, the third stage of the 1985 Coors Classic bicycle race. The criterium was known for its brutal stretch of cobblestone roadway (visible in the background) that took a toll on riders and equipment alike. Earlier that day, the riders completed a stage from Napa to Sacramento, California.

Hinault had won the Tour de France just weeks earlier, both aided and challenged by Lemond who came in second. It was LeMond, though, who won the 1985 Coors Classic and went on in 1986 to become the first American to win the Tour de France. The last Coors Classic bicycle race was held in 1988. Beginning In 2006, the Amgen Tour of California finally filled the void of large scale professional road cycling races in California.

Hinault won the Tour de France five times (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, and 1985).
LeMond was a three time Tour de France champion (1986, 1989, and 1990).

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Scanned from my old faded prints. I'm still trying to find the negatives!!!

-Jarrett-, whileseated, T3XA5, and 31 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. T3XA5 106 months ago | reply

    I love Bob Roll... especially when they play those vintage soundbites from the 7/11 days. Cracks. Me. Up.

    No photos on that of Bob on that roll with this one?

  2. encouragement 106 months ago | reply

    I'm searching for that elusive Bob Roll photo! For 7-11, I think I have a Davis Phinney, and MAYBE a quarter of the left side of Bob's head in a criterium shot. I'm working from scanned prints here. I'll have to find the negatives to be sure.

  3. adolfo_isassi 106 months ago | reply

    Is that a "Celestial Seasonings" Jersey?.....it looks like a "La Vie Claire" Jersey.....

  4. Anony Mouse 106 months ago | reply

    Yes that is def La Vie Claire. My bro just started cycling again afters years off and his La Vie Claire "vintage" jersey is in pristine condition. LOL

  5. AviWolf [deleted] 106 months ago | reply

    Actually everyone's kinda right.

    Bernard Tapie headed up the La Vie Claire effort for the team's continental campaign.

    Celestial Seasonings (Tea) was the original sponspor of this race. Coors took it over in the early '80s. Lemond won the race in '80 in his first stage race as a pro.

    In '85 Celestial Seasonings sponsored the La Vie Claire squad in the Coors Classic calling the team "Red Zinger"- named after one of their more popularly branded teas.

    So technically, La Vie Claire, Celestial Seasonings, Red Zinger- are all correct answers.

    Your photo's awesome and it brings back tons of memories. I was riding and racing in So Cal at the time, riding for a regional club sponsored in part by Raleigh. Andy Hampsten was riding for Levi's/Raleigh at the time and they were somewhat competive with any one they raced against. (Speaking of vintage jersies- my Levi's/Raleigh, La Vie Claire and 7-11 Jersey are all in decent shape ...)

  6. encouragement 106 months ago | reply

    Thank you everyone for the great input! As William (AviWolf) put it, I stand corrected ... sort of!!! The caption to this photo has been revised accordingly.

    Like in other sports, teams were supported by multiple sponsors. In this race, I believe that Celestial Seasonings was the primary sponsor due to their history with the Classic, as well as the "home territory" of the race in Colorado (their headquarters) and the USA.

    As is mentioned by others, I also believe that the color combinations and patterns of this jersey originated with the La Vie Claire team. I have seen this jersey with only the La Vie Claire name as sponsor. As outlined with Flickr notes on the photo, both names are on it, as well as that of "Radar". A different view of this jersey is available by clicking on the photo of Greg LeMond, below. Again, thanks everyone!

    Greg Lemond - 1985 Coors Classic - Napa to Sacramento Road Stage

    Greg Lemond and Bernard Hinault - 1985 Coors Classic Criterium

  7. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 106 months ago | reply

    Excellent historical photo. I still have my old Looks in a box somewhere, I think.

  8. encouragement 105 months ago | reply

    Thank you, Richard! I'm shocked to see so few historical cycling images on Flickr. I'm sure more will come as Flickr grows. -Gary

  9. GoldmanSteve 103 months ago | reply

    Great photo and piece of history here on Flickr. In my browsing I didn't expect to find a historic cycling photo taken just miles from my house in Sacramento! I'm new enough to cycling (15 years or so!) that I don't remember the Coors Classic, but knew it existed. Had no idea that they did a criterium on the cobbles of Old Town. Awesome! I know from experience that's it's very bumpy over there. Thanks for the posting Encouragement.

    I was lucky enough to get to go watch some of the Tour live this year. You can check out some of my photos here:

  10. Andy Cornwell 101 months ago | reply

    Also, the Huffys ridden by lemond and the 7-11 guys weren't made by huffy at all. They were made by Ben Serotta.

  11. encouragement 101 months ago | reply

    Hi Andy! Thanks for the feedback. It's getting harder and harder to find people with knowledge in cycling history of this era.

  12. Mountain Bike Ray 94 months ago | reply

    Great photo, It brings back memories. I grew up in Grand Junction and used to ride downtown to watch the end of the stage. I believe it was 85 or 86 that I got Bernard Hinault's autograph. As a kid I didn't know what I had so I didn't take care of it and it eventually got destroyed.

  13. davidmoskovitz 93 months ago | reply

    Were those "Huffies" built by Tom Kellogg? I know he did some for the Olympic Team, perhaps in '76.

  14. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 93 months ago | reply

    Greg LeMond's "Huffy" was built by Roland Della Santa, though Serotta also built several 7-11 team bikes.

  15. encouragement 93 months ago | reply

    Thanks for answering the question, because I had no idea who built them!

  16. Marielle... 92 months ago | reply

    I just found a La Vie Claire (+Radar+Wonder) jersey today with an older-looking label. Does anyone know if these jerseys were reproduced for sale in bike shops, or if this possibly belonged to someone who rode in the 85' race?

  17. encouragement 92 months ago | reply

    Hi Marielle,

    I remember seeing similar jerseys for sale in the 80's, but I don't remember if they carreid the sponsor's names. Perhaps someone else will know the answer.

    I see a similar jersey up for sale at a starting bid of $10 US on ebay right now here:

  18. Brooks G. 89 months ago | reply

    I started a discussion thread for posting famous riders photos. I invite you to add your photos to it.

  19. anothergreenworld 83 months ago | reply

    My dad took me to see the Napa-Sacramento stage back when I was five. All these years later I'm still amazed they got the Badger to come race in the States -- probably the biggest cycling legend ever to win a race on U.S. soil (although of course Merckx won the '74 Worlds just over the border in Montreal.)

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